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Product liability litigator

Thomas Sterchi

Senior Counsel in Kansas City

Tom Sterchi is a founding member of the firm and served as its co-chair from 2014-2020 and as chair of the firm's Executive Committee from 1990-2013. An experienced trial lawyer, Tom has successfully defended manufacturers of products including pharmaceuticals and medical devices in a number of state and federal courts, attaining a worldwide reputation. He has served as national coordinating trial counsel in litigation on numerous products, most notably pharmaceutical products for some of the world’s largest companies and is serving as national trial counsel for a prominent contrast media company. He also served as lead trial counsel in high-profile cases involving tampons (toxic shock syndrome), antibiotics, and breast implants.

Tom has extensive experience in mass torts and multidistrict litigation, His class action defense work includes having successfully defeated class action attempts against the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products.


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D.
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.S. Education, cum laude

Memberships & Activities

  • Active service in the United States Army 1969-1971
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Former Member of Product Liability Section
    • Former Member Trial Tactics, Practices and Procedures Section
    • Membership Development Committee
    • New Members Committee
    • Former Chairman of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Section
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Former Vice Chairman of Medical and Hospital  Relations Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association
    •  Biotech and Life Sciences Law Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Board of Directors 1989-1995

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, for over 30 years
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star - Missouri", 2017-present
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2002-present
  • LMG Life Sciences Product Liability Star, 2012-present
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America® , Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2012-present
    • Commercial Litigation (2013-present)
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  Defendants (2014-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2012-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2014, 2019, 2021)
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, 2016-present
  • Missouri Lawyers Media ICON Award, 2020
  • Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar Award, 2018


  • Author: Proposed Federal Rules of Court Procedure Amendments Concerning Electronic Discovery: Will They Be Enough?, FDCC Quarterly, Volume 55, No. 2, Winter 2005.
  • Contributing author: Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Consumer Fraud 50 State Survey, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
  • Contributing author: ALFA International Product Liability Law Practice Group Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
  • Contributing author: Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Volume 35, Number 2, Winter 2000, "Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law".
  • "Defendant's Right to Secure Medical Information and Records Concerning Plaintiff"1990 Missouri Product Liability Case Survey Published in 1991.


  • Facilitated and participated in "Pricing, Process and Profit - A New Way of Doing Business" (Joint Law Firm Management Conference by FDCC and IADC, May 2013)

News & Events


Baker Sterchi scores U.S. Supreme Court win in preemption case

BSCR's health insurer client was sued in Missouri state court in 2011, by a plaintiff who suffered injuries in a car accident. Plaintiff was a federal government employee, whose insurance program fell under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), a statute with

Summary Judgment Obtained after Plaintiff's Experts Stricken under Daubert

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a medical device product liability case filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri following two successful motions striking plaintiff's liability and causation experts. Plaintiff brought suit against our client, a manufacturer of a surgical suture, alleging...

Baker Sterchi Obtains Complete Dismissal of Cases Against Pharmaceutical Client

In 2007, Plaintiffs began filing lawsuits against four pharmaceutical manufacturers and sponsors of gadolinium based contrast agents ("GBCAs") alleging that the GBCAs caused or contributed to cause a rare disease now known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis ("NSF"). Close to 1000 cases were filed in various state and federal courts over a period of four years. . .